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Imagining God's Personality, Jews on Vinyl, and More
August 12, 2014
Summary: How you envision God's "personality" can predict your views on politics, science, love and more. Plus, an audio tour through Jewish ephemera, and World Religions 101: Judaism.
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The Four Gods: Strict, Kind, Critical, or Distant August 12, 2014
Is your God warm and fuzzy or downright angry? Sociologist Christopher Bader says that no matter what your religion (or lack thereof), your concept of the divine can be boiled down into one of four “personalities." He says this concept forms the meta-narrative of your life-- predicting your politics, your understanding of science, your response to evil and more. From September 2010.

Which God do you choose? Take the God Test here.

Christopher Bader, professor of sociology at Chapman University and author of America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God – and What that Says About Us
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Ooh, Vah! It's Jews on Vinyl August 12, 2014
Most record collections end up in boxes in basements and attics. Music critic Roger Bennett turned his collection into a book, a website and in 2010, a museum exhibit. “Jews on Vinyl” spans the history of Jewish recorded music from the 40s through the 80s, with a special focus on the bizarre, the kitschy and the obscure. Laura Kwerel sits down with Bennett for an audio tour through Jewish ephemera. From July 2010.
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World Religions 101: Judaism August 12, 2014
Judaism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic traditions, tracing its beginnings to more than three thousand years ago. In part two of our series, Stephen Prothero says that for Jews, humanity's great problem is exile--we have become distant from God, and distant from our community. The way to return is through storytelling and law. 

Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University and author of God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World--and Why Their Differences Matter